Town lights up for Christmas with carols around the tree

Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Mayor, Cllr. Andy Mahi and mayoress, Leah Mahi (daughter) with  MK Dons mascots, Mooey and Donny.
Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Mayor, Cllr. Andy Mahi and mayoress, Leah Mahi (daughter) with MK Dons mascots, Mooey and Donny.

Crowds gathered around the Old Gaol in Buckingham to see the town light up for Christmas.

The annual switch on of the festive lights, which have been updated this year, was once again a colourful event for the whole family on Saturday evening.

Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Winslow Concert Band. PNL-151128-224909009

Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Winslow Concert Band. PNL-151128-224909009

Mayor Cllr Andy Mahi flicked the magic switch to turn on the lights, helped by the MK Dons mascots Donnie and Mooey.

Crowds enjoyed a carol service around the Christmas tree outside the Old Gaol with performances and music by the Buckingham Glee Choir and The Winslow Concert Band.

Buckingham’s Artisan Market opened up in the Cattle Pens with stalls selling gifts, hot food and drinks.

As well as improved lights, funded through the town rates, this year’s event had a stage area, reserved space for the less able and a hearing loop. The Christmas tree was provided by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Glee Club Choir. PNL-151128-225036009

Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Glee Club Choir. PNL-151128-225036009

Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Crowds in Market Hill. PNL-151128-225127009

Buckingham Christmas lights switch-on. Crowds in Market Hill. PNL-151128-225127009